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Democratic Progressive Caucus Opens General Election Endorsements

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The endorsement applications for the 2016 General Election are now open!

FEDERAL

STATE

LOCAL (Non-School Board)*

LOCAL (School Board)*

*We can only endorse local candidates (city council, county commission, school board, constitutional officers, etc.) in counties where we have chapters. Those counties are: Alachua, Broward, Polk, and Sarasota-Charlotte. If you would like to have a voice in the endorsement process, please attend your next local chapter meeting. We are accepting applications for ALL Florida Congressional, State Senate and State House races.

We strongly encourage all candidates to read our platform before applying.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The deadline for applications is midnight, Friday, September 23, 2016.

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Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Congratulates Primary Winners

Our heartiest congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s Primary! The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF) is very proud that several of our endorsed candidates were among the winners. Those moving on to the general election in November are:
 
 
 
 
Broward School Board candidate Robin Bartleman won her race outright and will not face a runoff in November. And Broward Commission candidate Nan Rich is now Commissioner-elect, since her general election opponent dropped out.
 
Congratulations all!
 
Supporters of solar energy were also victorious on Tuesday when Floridians overwhelmingly voted YES on Amendment 4. Perhaps now the Sunshine State will begin to fully live up to its name!
 
Other endorsed candidates up for election in November include:
 

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Committed To Win

Through the Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats (LEAD) Task Force, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) signaled that it is serious about examining shortfalls and correcting course in order to win back Florida. State Democrats are ignited by the challenge and have taken up the call for change. The Strategies and Tactics for Electing Progressives, or STEP Report is offered as a plan for implementing that change.

As we developed this report, one theme became prominent across all of our discussions: We must be committed to the long game. It took years for Democrats to lose so much ground in Florida. It will take time to climb back on top.

The premise of the STEP Report is that we must re-think our philosophy, prioritize our resources, and align our activity around the long game.

Without this perspective, it would be easy to write off some STEP recommendations by saying, “We just don’t have the money, it’s not practical.” On the contrary, the STEP recommendations will better leverage our resources by building capacity for greater fundraising power and a stronger grassroots infrastructure.

The strategies and tactics described in this report are based on:

  • Shifting budget priorities to those which strengthen the ability of the FDP to empower, mobilize, and grow the field.
  • Strategically building a bench of candidates aimed for out-year races as well as current cycles. Mentoring candidates in order to develop their capacity to succeed as candidates and leaders.
  • Refusing to accept midterm dropoff as a given. Capitalizing on this cycle’s populist momentum to sustain future voter engagement.
  • Adapting to an evolving media landscape with a broader, coordinated network of messengers. Making the party bigger and better by cultivating a relationship between the FDP and a field network in order to amplify the Democratic voice across the state.

The Democratic Progressive Caucus welcomes dialogue and collaboration with DECs, Clubs, and Caucuses and the FDP in order to move the STEP recommendations forward. We are committed to win.

 

 

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